SOURCE: The Forward

September 21, 2009 09:00 ET

The Forward Newspaper Is a Finalist in 10th Annual Online Journalism Awards in "Specialty Site Journalism" Category

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 21, 2009) - The Forward, America's most influential Jewish newspaper, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2009 Online Journalism Award (OJA) in the "Specialty Site Journalism" category for its website, TheJewishDailyForward.com (www.forward.com).

Honorees will be announced on the final night of the Online News Association Conference and Awards banquet, Oct. 3 in San Francisco.

"This recognition by the Online News Association for our quality website means so much to the Forward staff and community," said editor Jane Eisner. "We are a small, scrappy news organization, staffed by dedicated journalists who do their very best to provide unique, balanced coverage of the Jewish world. It is wonderful to be saluted by our peers."

The Online Journalism Awards, which are administered by the Online News Association (ONA), in partnership with the University of Miami's School of Communication, honor excellence in digital journalism around the world.

The "Specialty Site Journalism" category, one of fourteen categories, recognizes websites that provide ongoing news coverage of a specific niche. Entries will be judged both on their journalism and on their use of the medium.

The competition is judged using a two-step process. First, a group of more than 100 journalists screen and rank the entries in each category. A panel of industry-leading journalists and new media professionals then meet at the University of Miami's School of Communication to select winners.

"The OJA finalist nomination shows that the quality of our web news outlet is editorially on a par with far larger media companies, as is the design and functionality of the site," explained David Drimer, associate publisher of the Forward. "For an organization our size to compete at that level requires an exceptional team effort," he added.

About The Online News Association:

The Online News Association is composed largely of professional digital journalists. Founded in 1999, ONA now has more than 1,700 professional members whose principal livelihood involves gathering or producing news for digital presentation. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, photographers, technologists and others who produce news for the Internet or other digital delivery systems, as well as academic members and others interested in the development of online journalism. ONA also sponsors an annual conference focusing on the latest in journalism and technology and administers the prestigious Online Journalism Awards.

About the Forward:

The Forward, published weekly since 1990, is widely regarded as American Jewry's essential newspaper of record. TheJewishDailyForward.Com (www.forward.com) is the daily updated, online version of America's most influential Jewish weekly. The Forward is committed to rigorous reporting and balanced, thoughtful commentary on news, politics and culture in the Jewish world. The award-winning staff has enhanced the paper's reputation for incisive, hard-hitting reportage with a populist, progressive spirit that was the paper's hallmark since the original Yiddish version began publishing in 1897. Headquartered in New York, the newspaper is owned by the Forward Association, Inc., a 501(c) 3 corporation. It is published on Fridays and is available on newsstands nationwide as well as by subscription. For more information visit www.forward.com.

NOTE TO EDITORS: "TheJewishDailyForward.com" refers solely to the daily, updated website www.forward.com; it is an accurate reference only when the "dot com" is included. The weekly printed newspaper is correctly cited only as the "Forward." When referencing the printed newspaper, please do not cite "The Jewish Daily Forward." That name refers to the historic Yiddish-language print newspaper, which now, alas, is published only weekly.

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